NASAKA ISSUE ORDERS NOT TO ALLOW NGO'S TO WORK WITHOUT INFORMING LOCAL AUTHORITIES
MAUNGDAW, 24th January 02: On December 20th, the Nasaka border security and immigration headquarters at Kyi-gan-braung, issued an official order not to allow NGOs working in the area to work without informing and getting permission of the Nasaka and local authorities, an unnamed source in the security department told our correspondent.
The order came as a sequel to the visit of three officials of the UNHCR led by Development Officer, U Kyaw Kyaw, to Ngakhura village at northern part of Maungdaw township. They invited 51 impoverished widows and widowers of the village to a meeting at the Red Cross office in the vicinity. The meeting was arranged without giving any information to the Village authority.
At the meeting the widows were given financial support for rearing poultry, while the widowers were left out. As a result the widowers went to the village authority and informed the matter to the Nasaka Area #5 headquarters. The village authorities, Rayaka (Yayaka), also made allegations that, the UNHCR has been conducting meetings without giving any prior information to them.
When the matter was brought to the attention of the Nasaka headquarters the authority there immediately issued an order disallowing NGOs to hold meetings or conduct their programmes without giving information to the local village authorities concerned. It is alleged that, because of the operation and monitoring of NGOs the military regime cannot act whimsically against the civilians in the area, though they have been conducting repressions like forced labour secretly.
So the Nasaka took the discontent and objection of the village authority and the widowers to their advantage and issued the new orders, it has been learnt. #